The Arizona Cardinals offensive line will likely undergo some changes this offseason.
Colledge, an eight-year veteran out of Boise State, started all 16 games for the Cardinals this year, but carries a cap hit of $7.275 million for the 2014 season. However, releasing him at the start of the 2014 league year would free up $2.725 million in cap space.
Jurecki mentions that Arizona could ultimately designate Colledge as a June 1st release, which would instead create $5 million in available cap, according to Overthecap.com.
Part of the reason the Cardinals may view Colledge as expendable is their belief that Earl Watford, a fourth-round pick in last year’s draft out of James Madison, could be ready to claim the starting RG spot. The Cardinals will have last year’s first-round pick Jonathan Cooper back as well to solidify the LG spot after spending last year on injured reserve after breaking his fibula in the preseason.
Colledge, 31, has spent the last three seasons with the Cardinals and has started in all 48 games. He signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract with Arizona back in 2011.